Dealing with dawn raids by the police
Produced in partnership with Michael Potts of PCB Byrne

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Michael Potts of PCB Byrne provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with dawn raids by the police
  • What type of police could I encounter?
  • Main reasons for a police raid
  • Powers
  • Execution of a warrant
  • Penalties

Dealing with dawn raids by the police

What type of police could I encounter?

The police broadly investigate most offences in the UK. The police force in the UK has different divisions depending on geography and, in certain instances, the type of offence. The City of London Police are a specialist force that police the 'square mile' in London. They have a specialist economic crime and fraud department.

The Metropolitan Police Service often referred to as 'the Met', is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement in Greater London, excluding the 'square mile' of the City of London.

Outside of these divisions, there are police constabularies in counties across the UK and other specialist forces in some major urban areas. All of these respective forces have the same powers and toolkit in terms of the execution of search warrants.

Main reasons for a police raid

The police have a national online reporting service called ActionFraud through which members of the public can report fraud and cybercrime. Once a report is made it will be investigated by the most appropriate section of the police force and if necessary the police will use search raids if to do so will preserve best evidence.

Individuals and businesses operating in the regulated sector under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Money Laundering Regulations 2007 also have obligations to report suspected money laundering. Such

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